Local drink-makers to host Auction for the Arts festivities

May 4, 2017  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

Leigh’s Garden Winery and Upper Hand Brewery will host Bonifas Arts Center Auction for the Arts preview events May 6 and 10.

The Bonifas, Leigh’s, and Upper Hand are partnering to offer residents two nights out during which they can view some of the art and other items to be auctioned May 20 at the Terrace Bay Hotel during the Bonifas’ biggest annual fundraiser.

All are welcome to visit Leigh's Garden Winery (www.leighsgarden.com), 904 Ludington St., May 6 from 5-8 p.m. for the first preview night. Guests will be able to choose from Leigh's largest wine list ever, sample featured specialty cheeses, and try two new wines, Stone Silo 1910 and Marquette Noir, said Carrie Bartel, Leigh’s tasting room manager.

All residents also are welcome to the second preview night at Upper Hand Brewery (www.upperhandbrewery.com), 3525 Airport Rd., May 10 from 5-8 p.m, where they can sample snacks from Viau’s Market and play beer trivia.

At both “festive” previews, guests will have the chance to win door prizes, to be awarded each hour, and help create two community-art projects, works of art later to be auctioned, each person adding a “splash” to these group creations, said Carla Meyer, Bonifas special events coordinator.

The preview nights and auction allow residents to view the creations of artists from across the Upper Peninsula, increasing awareness of the diversity of artists in the region and their creativity, said Bartel.

Without the Bonifas, the community would be missing something significant, Bartel said. The arts, and everything the Bonifas provides—including concerts and free, varied exhibits—are extremely important, so it’s important to support the auction, she said.

Guests also can purchase Bonifas Spring Raffle tickets at the previews ($5 each or $25 for six) for the chance to win a Door County getaway package, including a stay at the Foxglove Inn in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., tickets to the Third Avenue Playhouse, and a $50 gas card; a Fitbit Alta and Anytime Fitness membership; $250; and Players de Noc season tickets. Guests can purchase auction tickets at the previews as well, Meyer said.

Upper Peninsula State Bank patrons previewed auction items the first week of May, said Meyer. Click here to purchase Auction for the Arts tickets.


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